Conductor's Guide to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Narrated by: Gerard Schwarz
Length: 59 mins
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Of the many remarkable violinist-composers Italy produced during the Baroque era, the most remarkable of all was Antonio Vivaldi. An artist of astonishing vigor and productivity (he wrote more than 450 concertos, 40 operas, and many solo, chamber, and vocal works over the course of his career), Vivaldi was one of the most innovative and influential musicians of his day. His energetic instrumental writing contributed importantly to popularizing the concerto, a fairly new compositional genre during his day, and had a great impact on his musical contemporaries, most notably Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Musically Speaking Conductor's Guides are your link to an appreciation of the greatest classical music ever performed. Let Maestro Gerard Schwarz enrich your classical music listening enjoyment by illuminating the great works of the Masters with revealing commentary and educational insight.

If you love the symphony, this hour of delightful entertainment and fascinating information will enrich your symphony experience like nothing else. See the entire Musically Speaking Collection here.
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Wonderful series; fave piece of music

I really enjoy this series to lean more about favorite pieces of music. The author/narrator does a great job of conveying information about the music but also about the composer and the background. Vivaldi, Venice, and the Baroque era are all well-covered. I would highly recommend this, especially to someone who is planning on attending a live performance.